Green Mush- Safe or Unsafe?
One of the more recent scares for our precious ratties, has been in regards to HealthForce Nutritionals' Green Mush. For those of you who are not familiar with Green Mush, it is is a pesticide free, whole food, green plant based combination used as a high quality, powerful antioxidant and nutritionally beneficial supplement created for pet rats that can also be offered to our other pets such as dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, ferrets, squirrels, other mammals and humans too! Its said to help with accelerated healing (great for hind leg paralysis), greater energy, increased lifespan and a strong immune system support. I first stumbled upon this topic while browsing several rat forums online, when I came across a forum topic labeled " Warning Green Mush Users!" Since I have been feeding my group of rats Green Mush since day one of owning them, I had to look into it further. The post was regarding a blog topic from The Rat Room ( see blog post HERE). I even had a reader post a comment to my blog on my Green Mush purchasing page. Not wanting to believe the first thing I hear, I decided to look into it. So since mid June, I have been researching online and contacting Healthforce Nutritionals for more information, while my bottle of Green Mush sat idle in my cupboard. While I had not had a single issue with my rats, I was not going to take any chances until I knew for sure what was going on! The more I dug into it, the controversial topic that raised such as stir in the rat community was spirulina...the 'spirulina scare' as I call it, and its possibilities of neutrotoxins, muscle breakdown, and liver cancer. The information provided in the blog topic came from NutritionFacts.org, a nonprofit charitable organization brought to you by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation in partnership with Michael Greger, M.D who serves as Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States. The more I searched online, the more I found that the sources of information regarding this stand against spirulina, all traced back to this same NutritionFacts.org source! I take all these "studies show..." reports with a grain of salt especially when there is no links to the research. So far I have yet to see a single post anywhere about anyone having a rat have negative health issues related to the use of Green Mush. The only thing I can find is advice to buy from a reputable manufacturer. With so many companies jumping on the super food supplement bandwagon, there is some that apparently don't take the proper precautions to ensure the products they are producing are safe, and with most supplements not being approved by the FDA, there is bound to be some reports of problems with their products. Here is my bottom line- any food can become contaminated as we have seen with the numerous human, dog food, and even small animal foods just this year. Remember all the huge peanut butter, spinach, and meat recalls? And we have seen that some products that are manufactured in some parts of the world are more iffy as to their level of safety- like China for example. Which brings me back to the video blurb from NutritionFacts.org- he said that 94% of tubes were contaminated and the tubes were from China. Hmm...
Making a batch of Green Mush for my ratties